CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (November 9, 2014)
FOR THE FIRST TIME NEW DOCUMENTS SHOW GM KEPT DEFECT QUIET WHILE ORDERING 500,000 SWITCHES
Completely missing from the Valukas report and Mary Barra’s testimony, documents turned over as part of the GM national litigation and only recently removed of their ‘confidential designation’ reveal for the first time GM’s urgent order of 500,000 ignition switches to replace defective switches for what it termed ‘urgent’ and a ‘safety issue’.
NOT REVEALED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS
Bob Hilliard, lead Counsel for the personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs in the Federal Multi District Litigation against General Motors states, “After 4 congressional hearings, months and months of GM’s public promises, now we learn for the first time that GM quietly and desperately ordered half a million replacement ignition switches on December 18, 2013 for what it labeled ‘an urgent field action’.
“This is simply mind-blowing in its raw evilness”.
GM DID NOT TELL NHTSA FOR 57 DAYS—OR ITS OWN CUSTOMERS FOR 117 DAYS
“GM did not tell NHTSA for 57 more days and did not begin telling its own customers for 117 days.”
“GM was clearly scrambling and, and at the same time, intentionally concealing. GM labeled the order ‘urgent’ and told their supplier to ship ASAP and to use an ‘aggressive schedule.’”
“GM should have notified its customers immediately to take all weight off of their key chains.”
“By the time GM actually ordered these parts, it had to have already spent months making the decision to place the order.”
AT LEAST 85 ACCIDENTS DURING GM’S SILENCE
“At least 85 injuries occurred and at least 1 death during GM’s active cover-up. Had GM quickly and immediately sent out a warning to their customers, no telling how many lives they would have saved.”
NOT MENTIONED IN THE VALUKAS REPORT
“Not even a whisper of this in the Valukas report? How could Mr. Valukas, in his 315 page report miss this?” GM either kept this critical piece of evidence hidden from Mr. Valukas, or he purposefully left it out. Either way—the entire report and its conclusions are now suspect.”
DID MARY BARRA KNOW MORE THAN SHE ADMITTED?
“Sworn to tell the truth, how did Mary Barra forget to tell Congress that, while she was the GM Executive Vice President, global product development, purchasing and supply chain, and 9 days before she became CEO of GM, GM purchased $3 million dollars of ignition switch supplies to replace the defective ones—a cost that was not budgeted?”
“This completely reframes the conversation, the investigation and requires a re-examination of the truth of Ms. Barra’s involvement.”
“This pulls the curtain back completely and proves GM has not been forthright.”